The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced topics, updated times and locations, and participants for many of the upcoming sessions in their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." The hearings primarily will examine the implications of competition and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. The general public and press are invited to attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with an overflow room provided for hearings at the FTC. Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC. Available information for hearing sessions scheduled for February through May follows below.
|9:30am - 12:30pm:||Intellectual Property and Innovation |
Wesley M. Cohen, Professor of Economics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University
|2:00pm - 4:30pm:||Competition and Innovation |
Shane Mitchell Greenstein, [Powerpoint] Elinor and Wendall Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy, Northwestern University
With the support of the Competition Policy Center and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology of the University of California at Berkeley, all sessions will be held in the Wells Fargo Room, Cheit Hall, Haas School of Business, 2220 Piedmont Avenue, University of California, Berkeley.
|1:00pm - 4:30pm:||Economic Perspectives on Intellectual Property, Competition, and Innovation |
Ashish Arora,Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Stanford University, and Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
|9:00am - 12:30pm:||Economic Perspectives on Intellectual Property, Competition, and Innovation |
John H. Barton, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School
|2:00pm - 4:30pm:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Biotech and Pharmaceuticals |
David W. Beier, Partner, Hogan & Hartson, Counsel to Biotechnology Industry Organization
|9:30am - 12:30pm:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Software and the Internet |
Yar R. Chaikovsky, General Counsel, Zaplet, Inc.
|2:00pm - 4:30pm:||Diverse Perspectives on Patents |
Greg Aharonian, Editor, Internet Patent News Service
|9:30am - 11:30am:||Economic and Other Perspectives on Patent Standards and Procedures |
Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and Chair, Competition Policy Center
|1:00pm - 4:00pm:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Hardware and Semiconductors |
Robert Barr, Vice President, Worldwide Patent Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Additional sessions will be held at the FTC, Room 432, during April and May, as indicated below. The panelists for these sessions will be announced as further information becomes available. Topics and dates for concluding sessions in June will be announced at a later time.
Business and Other Perspectives on Real-World Experience with Patents
Similar to the Berkeley sessions, these sessions will focus on testimony regarding "real-world" experience with patents and competition.
Economic and Other Perspectives on Patent Standards and Procedures
These sessions will explore economic and other perspectives, and the approaches that they suggest, regarding patent standards and procedures.
Antitrust Analysis of Specific Intellectual Property Licensing Practices
Participants in this session will analyze practices such as package licensing and grant- backs, methods of extending the life of intellectual property rights, and the practical issues encountered in analyzing these practices.
Patent Pools and Cross-Licensing: When Do They Promote or Harm Competition?
Participants in this session will discuss the benefits and competitive concerns of business arrangements in which multiple parties hold related intellectual property rights.
Participants in this session will discuss the antitrust treatment of common practices used by organizations to set standards that incorporate intellectual property. Participants will address effects on innovation and product market competition.
The Strategic Use of Licensing:
Participants in this session will discuss the extent to which refusals to license intellectual property create competitive concerns, how recent case law on refusals to license is being interpreted, and whether this recent case law appropriately balances the interests of intellectual property law and antitrust law.
A Competition View of Patent Settlements
Participants in this session will explore the efficiencies and competitive concerns that patent settlements may generate in a variety of industries and factual settings.
An International Comparative Law Perspective
Participants in these sessions will discuss competition law approaches that are presently in place or are under consideration in jurisdictions outside the United States.
|Further information about these and subsequent sessions in June will be posted on the FTC web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm as it becomes available.|
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